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The 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition

Documentary heritage submitted by New Zealand and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 1997.

© Archives New Zealand/Te Rua Mahara o te Kawanatanga, Wellington
K. W. Sheppard's signature, First Sheet

The 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition led to New Zealand becoming the first self-governing nation in the world where women won the right to vote. lt was signed by close to one quarter of the female adult population and was, at that time, the largest petition of its kind signed in New Zealand and other Western countries.

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